Health and Happiness

By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD Results from the fourth annual World Happiness Report are in. Based on a worldwide Gallup poll, the results rank 156 countries according to their state of happiness. Unfortunately the United States, which ranked 13 in happiness, fell to 85 in the well-being rankings. Countries’ […]

Public Policy Advocacy

By: Eminet Gurganus, MPH We have had extraordinary opportunities at the local, state and national levels to speak with policy makers in an effort to effect change to promote the optimal healthy development of children. One of those opportunities took place recently in Hartford where Connecticut Children’s Medical […]

Poverty and Child Health

By: Scott Orsey The American Academy of Pediatrics just released its first ever policy statement on poverty which now recommends pediatricians screen for poverty risk factors. It is significant that health sector leaders, such as the AAP, are making powerful statements on the contribution of the social determinants […]

Powerful Forces: Gravity and Child Health

By: Scott Orsey Big news hit the scientific community in February. One hundred years after Albert Einstein first predicted their existence in his groundbreaking theory of general relativity, scientists detected gravitational waves for the first time. The implications for this discovery are huge. In addition to validating the […]

The Office’s Three Roles

By: Scott Orsey Promoting the optimal healthy development of children. That’s what we do here at the Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health. It sounds fairly straightforward, right? Getting kids programs and services to help them achieve their best outcomes. However, in reality, accomplishing that mission is […]

Can There Be Too Many Care Coordinators?

By: Lisa Honigfeld, PhD When care is well coordinated, children and their families can easily access health care and community services to ensure optimal health and development. Effective care coordination increases the likelihood that families will follow up with specialists and early intervention services when needed. Care coordination […]

What is Good Program Definition?

By: Scott Orsey Are you struggling to explain your program to potential supporters? Is your program a wild success and worthy of replication, but others just don’t get it? Are you looking to put pen to paper and document your program? A quick internet search will turn up […]